Banned Biographies

Banned Biographies is an audio documentary series charting the careers of some of the most notorious bands ever to grace the world’s stages.

Interview With James Cruttwell (The Gonads, Furry Love Lickers and ex-East End Badoes)

August 27th, 2021

On this episode of Banned Biographies, Tom chats with James Cruttwell, bassist with The Gonads - a band fronted by broadcaster and author Garry Bushell - and The Furry Love Lickers.

In the episode we also talk about him being in East End Badoes, another old school London-based Oi Punk band, but since this episode was recorded he no longer plays for them.

We also talk quite a bit about lockdowns possibly being eased, which was something we were looking forward to in March or April when this episode was recorded. So, a lot of that is irrelevant now, but I kept it in because I found it interesting to look back at how we were feeling four or five months ago and how things have changed since.

Because we found out that we have similar tastes in music we get very excited talking about bands we both love and because we're both from the same area we both get a bit 'Estuary'; dropping our 'Ts' and turning double 'Ls' into 'Ws', which is what happens when you get two Kent-based punk fans together!

James is a great guy who has had some brilliant experiences playing in punk bands around Europe. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I had having it.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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Jack Pop Review

August 23rd, 2021

Hello and welcome back to Banned Biographies. Your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, is back to let you know what’s been happening over the last month since the interview with Jack Pop, founder of Alcopop! Records, went out and what you can expect from the next episode.

I got to play some gigs this past weekend with my covers band and Swampstomper . It was exhilarating to play live and loud in front of people again, and there are a couple more gigs this month too: one at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend on the 4th September and another supporting Janus Stark at the Hope and Anchor in Islington, London on the 25th September

The third episode of my four-part guest spot on the Permanent Record Podcast has just been released, where I joined hosts Brian and Sarah to talk about the iconic U2 album, The Joshua Tree. In this one we discuss a bunch of the tracks in the middle of the album as well as a couple of videos for songs that none of us knew even existed. Permanent Record podcast is a great resource for anyone remotely interested in the minutiae of bands and albums, especially if you’re into synth-based music.

Make sure you go and subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter , Facebook or at https://www.permanentrecordpodcast.com/.

The interview with Jack Pop was hotly anticipated by a few people and I received some great feedback from listeners. The chat was a joy. It had been recorded a few months ago, so revisiting it for the edit was great fun. Jack’s such a lovely guy, his ability to weave a story is brilliant and his enthusiasm for music is infectious. I’ve found some really great bands on Alcopop!, most of which we mentioned in the episode itself, and I’m certainly a fan of the label now too.

It’s been great to hear that you found the interview interesting and engaging. Jack himself has been responsive to all the comments the episode has received all over social media and has had some really nice things to say about me and the show as well. Thank you to all of you that got in touch.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Interview with Jack pop (Alcopop! Records)

July 30th, 2021

This interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast is a great conversation with Jack Pop, founder of the Alcopop! Record label. I was made aware of Alcopop! at the beginning of the year when I spoke to The Stepney Sisters about the release of their debut album, 50 years after forming, which was put out by Alcopop!.

I then did a bit of reading on the label’s website and couldn’t believe the story about its forming thanks to a bet on the result of a football match. If you’ve not heard of the label, British listeners will probably remember when the UKIP (UK Independence Party’s) website was taken over and covered in unicorns and rainbows? That was Alcopop!. Putting the QI podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, out as the first UK podcast on vinyl with a secret track by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, that was Alcopop!. The label has also released albums in a host of innovative release formats like on scarves, frisbees and even bicycles as well as some pretty genius political stunts as well.

Jack is a real gent, he was a pleasure to speak to and has so many amazing stories. I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I had having it. 

Alcopop! Records has some brilliant bands signed to it. Check them out at ilovealcopop.co.uk and give their bands a listen, buy some merch and reach out to them to let them know I sent you, they’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as Soundcloud , Bandcamp and YouTube.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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E-mail: bannedbiographies@gmail.com

Adam Ant Review

July 26th, 2021

Welcome back to Banned Biographies. Tom Austin-Morgan, your host, is back to let you know what’s been happening over the last month since the second part of the Adam Ant documentary went out which focussed on his solo career and what you can expect from the next episode.

There’s been some great feedback as well as sharing from the Ant fans this month including a new review on Apple Podcasts. Already the Adam Ant solo episode vaulted into the top 10 of all episodes so far, and the first part - the Adam and the Ants episode - is the fourth most downloaded episode, behind only the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash which were released in April, July and October 2020! Incredible. Thank you.

Outside of Banned Biographies, the first two episodes of  the Permanent Record podcast have been released so far, where I joined hosts by Brian and Sarah to talk about the iconic U2 album, The Joshua Tree. So far, 4 hours and 11 minutes have been spent discussing the polarising nature of U2, why we think that is and our own personal history with the band, or lack thereof. We’ve only got four tracks into discussing the album itself, so there’s still loads to go. Permanent Record podcast is a great resource for anyone remotely interested in the minutiae of bands and albums, especially if you’re into synth-based music. They made a bit of an exception for me by reviewing a guitar band, which I thank them for.

Brian and Sarah have made me feel really welcome, if not slightly under-researched! They put as much into looking at one album as I do in talking about the entire careers of bands. But what’s been brilliant is that we’re all learning. And I hope we manage to impart some information to you guys that you didn’t know about the band and the album that you didn’t know before. Make sure you go and subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter @PermRecordPod or find them on Facebook or at www.permanentrecordpodcast.com.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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E-mail: bannedbiographies@gmail.com

Bravest of the Brave - The Continued Adventures of Adam Ant

June 25th, 2021

After disbanding Adam and the Ants at the height of the band's success, Adam Ant went solo. Working with Marco Pirroni, his first solo single, Goody Two Shoes went straight to number one in the UK and Australia which allowed him to pursue a career in acting both on stage and screen.

As with the first part of his career with The Ants, Adam's solo career has had many ups and downs over the years - both in terms of critical and chart success as well as with his own personal battles with his mental health.

But, each time he bounces back stronger than before and more confident. In the last couple of decades he seems to more balanced than he ever has. This appears to have been helped by setting up his own record label which has allowed him to work at his own pace and take time off when he needs it. He has also become an advocate for people admitting they need help with their mental health and finding the correct help for it.

His has been a rollercoaster of a life so far and he is far from stopping with festival appearances lined up for the summer of 2021 and scheduling a tour for the beginning of 2022. Long live Adam Ant!

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Louise Aubrie and Rick McMurray review

June 21st, 2021

There have been some really wonderful bits of feedback from the interview episodes with Louise Aubrie and Rick McMurray with people checking out Louise’s music which I’m really happy about.

The second single off Louise’s album 'Antonio' is out on Wednesday 23rd June (two days from this episode going live). Called 'Ours', it's a slightly darker song in tone from 'Last', but is another masterfully arranged song with killer vocal hooks. Make sure you go and give it a listen and let Louise know what you think of it.

The Ash livestream was really good fun, there were a lot of the fans tweeting along with the action, but I still have an issue with livestream gigs. There’s just not the atmosphere in your living room that there is at a live gig in a room full of people.

I’ve appeared on the first of a planned four-part podcast from the Permanent Record Podcast, hosted by Brian and Sarah.

Usually they look at albums by synth-based bands, but because I deal with predominantly guitar-based punk, new wave and post punk bands (for the time being at least) we decided we should look at one of the most iconic albums by an iconic rock band that none of us have any deep knowledge of; The Joshua Tree by U2.

Go an subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter @PermRecordPod or find them on Facebook or at their own website www.permanentrecordpodcast.com.

While you're waiting for the next episode to drop on Friday 25th June 2021, why not go and leave a rating and review on iTunes, they really do help and you'll get a special shout out on these review episodes. 

I hope you enjoy the next episode and that you're taking good care of yourself and others as well as staying safe.

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Interview with Rick McMurray of Ash

June 1st, 2021

On this extra-special episode of Banned Biographies I was very lucky to chat over Zoom with Rick McMurray, the drummer from Ash.

Ash's first full-length album, 1977, was release 25 years ago and went straight to number one on the UK album chart. To commemorate that, Ash is playing the album in its entirety on the 5th June 2021 which you can sign up to watch through the band’s website https://ash-official.com/. There are various bundles available, from the concert only right up to getting unlimited 30-day access to the show, a behind the scenes documentary, a bonus performance, a limited 1977 frisbee and a limited edition 1977 t-shirt. All tiers are well worth the money.

During our chat, Rick was candid about the highs and lows of Ash’s career as well as talking about the band's unfinished indie horror film, Slashed, having a meal with Joe Strummer and why they didn't join him on stage to play I Fought The Law, getting Mickey Bradley and Damien O’Neil from The Undertones on the last Ash album and so much more.

I’m so honoured and thankful to Rick for giving up part of his morning to talk to me and I hope you get some great insights into the man himself, the life of a professional musician and how that job has changed over the last three decades.

He's a totally down to earth guy and I really hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did talking to him.

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Interview with Louise Aubrie

May 28th, 2021

On this episode of the Banned Biographies podcast I sat down over Zoom to interview punk and indie inspired solo artist Louise Aubrie. Louise is from London, where she began writing and recording music, playing in venues like the 100 Club and the O2 Centre. Since then she has lived in New York City where she continued to hone her craft becoming a regular in venues like The Bitter End and The Bowery Electric. 

During her career, Louise has recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and has worked with Boz Boorer (musical director and co-writer for Morrissey), Andy Woodard (drummer for Adam Ant, New Model Army), Tom Edwards (guitarist for Adam Ant, Edwyn Collins), Roger Joseph Manning Jr (keyboards for The Killers, Beck, Morrissey), David Ruffy (drummer for The Ruts, The Waterboys), James Knight (producer for The Kooks, Kirsty MacColl), Ken Sluiter (mixer/engineer for Morrissey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sum 41, Marc Almond), Cam Blackwood (producer/engineer for George Ezra, Jack Savoretti) and Dave Collins (mastering for Jane’s Addiction, No Doubt, Weezer).

Louise’s fifth album, ‘Antonio’, will be released later in 2021. But, it's first single, 'Last', is out today, so make sure you go and buy it from wherever you get your music from.

Louise Aubrie is an incredible songwriter and, more than that, a warm and funny person and I think that’s captured in this chat which I hope you enjoy listening to as much as I did having it.

Find Louise on:

https://louiseaubrie.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louiseaubriemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/louise_aubrie?lang=en

Bandcamp: https://louiseaubrie.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/louiseaubrie

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMGHDHYAiAB8GVYyjVA7W1Q 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7p7Vqfnte6hZbTIQxrZMmx?si=6UyRspE8RrG6W8XtxCgNHg

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/louise-aubrie/392116952?ign-gact=3&ls=1

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/806959?autoplay=true

 

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Adam and the Ants Review

May 24th, 2021

One month on from the release of the first episode of the Banned Biographies podcast that covers the early days of Adam Ant's career in Adam and the Ants, I'm back to cover some of the reaction to the episode and to let you know what the next episode will be about.

Additionally, I give you a run down of some of the great music that's been released in the last month including singles from Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes featuring Joe Talbot from IDLES, Dropkick Murphys, Pendulum, Frank Turner, and Royal Blood.

While you're waiting for the next episode to drop on Friday 28th May 2021, why not go and leave a rating and review on iTunes, they really do help and you'll get a special shout out on these review episodes. You'll also get a shout out if you comment on or share the main episode each month, who doesn't want to hear their name read out on their favourite podcast?!

Joking aside, I hope you enjoy the next episode and I hope you're taking good care of yourself and others and staying safe.

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E-mail: bannedbiographies@gmail.com

Kings of the Wild Frontier - The Adventures of Adam and the Ants

April 30th, 2021

Adam and the Ants was formed in 1977, after Adam Ant witnessed the birth of punk at the Sex Pistols' first ever gig. Beginning as a punk band that sang about fetishism and Nazis while wearing leather and S&M gear, Adam and the Ants found it difficult to achieve credibility both in punk circles or in the mainstream.

To rectify this, Ant went to Malcolm McLaren for advice and it was during this time that the band perfected its unique 'Burundi beat' style with a two drummer line-up and began writing enduring songs such as Antmusic, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver. Although, not before McLaren had stolen his entire band and left Ant to pick up the pieces.

Along with the new line up and sound, Adam and the Ants also adopted a new look that spawned the New Romantic movement, despite not acknowledging being a part of the movement itself.

Despite having number one singles and albums, Ant disbanded Adam and the Ants at the peak of the their fame and embarked on a solo career. But, that's a story for another time. 

For now, enjoy the ups and downs and multiple line up changes of Adam and the Ants, and be sure to subscribe to get part two soon which focusses on Adam Ant's solo career.

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